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Turffontein Ambulance – Really No Hoot

Vet's Vehicle May Have Caused Siren Incident

 Phumelela have conducted an inquiry into the incident in race seven at Turffontein on Monday in which the jockeys were confused by the ambulance siren being activated shortly after the horses had jumped.

David Thiselton writes on www.goldcircle.co.za that in the NHA enquiry it was discovered that seven of the eight jockeys had heard the siren and some of them had consequently stopped riding.

The race was declared null and void.

However, the ambulance company does not fall under the NHA’s jurisdiction so a further inquiry into the matter had to be done by the operator.

Medi Response consequently sent the following report to Phumelela:

  1. You requested an investigation into an incident whereby the racing ambulance’s siren was allegedly activated immediately after the starter released the gates for Race 7 [of 10 August 2020] held at the Turffontein Racecourse.
  2. This report serves to record the findings of our investigation into the abovementioned incident.
  3. We can confirm that the siren of the racing ambulance was activated after the gates were released during Race 7 on 10 August 2020.
  4. We are further able to report the following findings to you for consideration in the matter:

4.1 The personnel involved reported the incident to Medi Response management on the same day as the issue arising. To this extent, a statement was received from the driver, while the crew was also interviewed.

4.2 Our conclusion is that the siren was activated accidentally while the ambulance was manoeuvring around a stationary vehicle (now identified as the veterinary vehicle) in order to follow the string of horses in-running.

4.2.1 TAKE NOTE: emergency vehicle sirens are often wired (via the vehicle’s steering column) to the hooter on the steering wheel for ease of activation when needing to respond to an emergency. The vehicle deployed at Turffontein on 10 August 2020 has such a configuration (i.e. the siren is activated through the steering wheel).

4.3 In addition to the above-mentioned stationary vehicle, there were some pedestrians standing (and seated) on the inside track that is generally used by the ambulance during races.


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3 comments on “Turffontein Ambulance – Really No Hoot

  1. Anban Pillay says:

    We need to stop pointing fingers at Medi Response and its employees.

    The NHA has rules. Only certain people are allowed at the start.

    Pedestrians should not have been at the start. Had the NHA followed its rules and made sure that there was no pedestrians around, the incident could have been avoided.

    The vets car should not have been parked at the start. It was this car and the pedestrians around it that was the catalyst for the incident.

    Although the NHA was not in control of the ambulance, it is completely at fault for what happened.

    In my 10 years involvement, I have not once seen the NHA aplogise for its mistakes. 😡😡😡😡🚑

  2. Lishern says:

    Wats happening if it was not the ambulance siren that went off does it get treated as a normal race!

  3. Jockey Association South Africa says:

    Well when a jurisdiction has got no rules or should I use the new word for rules “protocols” in place covering health and safety for the Sport of Horseracing for all and sundry – you are going to get one or the other “passing the buck”. I am also led to believe that Phumelela have a race day representative and service level agreement with the NHA to run the day.

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